Fernz: An Exploration of Pteridophyta and the Kiwi Icon
24 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
An ancient feature of New Zealand’s ecosystems is explored through works and objects from Waikato Museum’s collection as well as external loans from Te Papa, private collectors, artists and scientists. The fern’s key role in art and iconography, its cultural significance and natural history is unpacked in a show that celebrates the long relationship New Zealand has with this large floral group.
Image (this page): Ornament, Presentation Silver Cradle to former Hamilton Mayor James Bond’s wife, maker unknown. Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.
Image (intro page): Sori of Microsorum pustulatum paaaraharaha, hound’s tongue, Bill and Nancy Malcolm, Micro-Optics Press.